Thursday, July 28, 2016
Where: The Southern
Cost: $13 Advance / $13 Day of Show
About Matthew Logan Vasquez: 2015 (The Year of The Ram) has been a year of major change for Matthew Logan Vasquez. He moved with his wife, Marthe, from Brooklyn to Austin, he saw the birth of his first child Thor, and after a decade since founding his critically acclaimed band, Delta Spirit, he’s finally decided to go it alone FOR THE FIRST TIME, with his solo debut, The Austin EP, to be released November, 2015 , and a full length LP, Solicitor Returns, to shortly follow in early 2016. This sea- change is reflected on the EP’s stunning psych-folk-rock opener, a ballsy 18-minute track (yes EIGHTEEN minutes) that conjures desert visions of Crazy Horse guitar solos, David Crosby’s mustache, and all the good things about a journey through the past on mescaline. Matt actually grew up in Austin (and Dana Point, CA too) and the song is a slice of his life--an autobiography that isn’t even close to being finished-- an epic American saga that reflects his skill as a remarkable modern songwriter still on the rise. If Richard Linklater could write a song, this would be it.
"Matt’s voice and words have that Nashville outcast vibe to it,” says Jay Sweet, producer of the Newport Folk Festival and a longtime champion of Matt’s music. “He’s not California, he’s not Texas, he’s not Brooklyn—even though he’s lived in all of those places. He’s a transplant and a vagabond, which is why he embodies folk and rock music. For a singer- songwriter, he is truly refreshing."
About Derik Hultquist: "I spend a lot of my time waiting," Derik Hultquist says. "Waiting on life, waiting on a word, waiting on women. Waiting on myself. There is something I want to access¬¬. I'm trying to find poetry, and the only way I know how to do it is to just be as honest and patient as possible." He pauses, then adds dryly, "And tell a couple of jokes."
Biding time and searching for answers often conjure up of images of sparseness -- -- long, barren stretches in between key moments. But on his new album 'Southern Iron' (Carnival Music), Hultquist offers rich portraits of reflection, anticipation, and stillness via lush rock-and-roll that suggest waiting isn't a mere segue: it's living.
Hultquist grew up just south of Knoxville in Alcoa, Tennessee, a small town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. He taught himself to play guitar on his dad's old instrument -- -- "It was just the worst guitar," Hultquist characteristically deadpans in his East Tennessee drawl. "When I first started playing, you could only make a couple of chords on it. So I had to just write my own songs from the get-go."
The remark is signature Hultquist: part self-deprecating wit, part sincere observation about the power of working with what you've got.